Game 2: San Jose Visits Anaheim

By Michael Walters

San Jose(0-2-0) at Anaheim(1-0-0)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 in Dallas Eakins debut on Thursday night. Josh Manson and Jakob Silfverberg also made their debuts as alternate captains for the season.

The Ducks got off to a slow start in the opening period, but a late counter-attack gave them an early 1-0 lead. The Coyotes would answer in the second period to tie the game, but the Ducks would respond in the final minute of the period to regain the lead. Two goals were all Anaheim needed to earn their first win of the season. The fourth line provided the offense as Devin Shore and Derek Grant teamed up for the first goal. Carter Rowney assisted Cam Fowler on the game-winning score.

The opening game was far from perfection, but the Ducks were able to get the job done. They will look to a better start tonight and a more effective power play which wasn’t very dangerous in the one opportunity in game one.

Tonight will be the first game of the season the Ducks sport their orange jerseys.

Injury/Roster Updates:

Sam Steel is out with a mid-body injury. As a result, Isac Lundestrom was recalled and filled in as the second-line center.

Nick Ritchie and Korbinian Holzer were healthy scratches. Nicolas Deslauriers and Michael Del Zotto both drew in the lineup.

Brayden Tracey has an upper-body injury and is still in Anaheim according to the Moose Jaw Warriors. His status is week-to-week.

Projected Lineup 

Devin Shore – Ryan GetzlafOndrej Kase
Rickard Rakell – Isac Lundestrom – Jakob Silfverberg
Max JonesAdam HenriqueTroy Terry
Nicolas DeslauriersDerek GrantCarter Rowney

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson
Brendan Guhle –  Cam Fowler
Jacob Larsson – Michael Del Zotto

In Net:
John Gibson 1-0-0, GAA 1.00, SV% .970 (Confirmed)

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San Jose Outlook

The San Jose Sharks started the season with two games against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks lost both games by scores of 4-1 and 5-1.

In the season opener, Vegas scored two early goals and never looked back. The Sharks had their chances with five power plays attempts but came up empty on all of them. Last night in San Jose, the Sharks again got down early and couldn’t recover. The Sharks had five power plays attempts for the second game in a row and still couldn’t convert. To add insult to injury Vegas scored two short-handed goals in the contest. Martin Jones was pulled after two periods of play. So it could be Aaron Dell tonight against Anaheim.

The Sharks had a difficult time sustaining offense zone pressure against Vegas and they got burned on the power play giving up three short-handed goals in two games. The Sharks are going to need to turn things around in a hurry as they play their third game in four days. And they will still be without Evander Kane, who is serving the final game of his three-game suspension tonight. He was suspended for “abuse of officials” in a preseason game.

Injury Updates:

Dalton Prout suffered an upper-body injury in the season opener and is on the IR.

Projected Lineup 

Timo MeierLogan Couture – Danil Yurtaikin
Lean BergmannTomas HertlLukas Radil
Marcus SorensenJoe ThorntonKevin Labanc
Melker KarlssonBarclay GoodrowDylan Gambrell

Marc-Edouard VlasicBrent Burns
Brenden DillonErik Karlsson
Tim HeedMario Ferraro

In Net
Aaron Dell, 0-0-0, GAA 3.00, SV% .833 (Confirmed)

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October 5th, 2019


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